Great Idea! There’s nothing like having an mp3 player so you can take your favorite music with you whenever you are on the go.  Once you start looking at all the different MP3 Players available you realize that there are so many different features to choose from that you don’t know where to begin.  In order to choose the best MP3 Player for your needs it is important to consider what you will be doing with it.

Getting your Music

Whenever you decide on an MP3 Player, you need to know where you will be getting your music from.  All players do not support all methods so it is important to make sure the one you select is compatible with the source of your music.  Some common places to get MP3’s are itunes, Raphsody and ripping them from the CD’s that you own.

What About Video?

Despite what you may believe MP3 Players aren’t only about music!  You can also watch your favorite videos on them as well. If you think you might be doing this, you should select a model that has a screen.  Be sure to get a screen that is large enough to view without straining your eyes.

Hard Drive of Flash

When you purchase an MP3 Player, you will have two different memory options – Hard drive or flash.   Hard drive versions typically have a larger memory and should be selected if you are planning on watching any movies.  Unfortunately hard drive styles have many moving parts making them more prone to breakage.  Flash memory has no moving parts and will last for longer.

Ease of Use

No matter what type of MP3 Player you buy, it isn’t very good if it isn’t easy to use.  One of the biggest complaints about a number of MP3 Players is that the menu is poorly laid out or the software makes it hard to import music.  Make sure to read reviews and find out about the model you are considering before purchasing.

Integrated MP3 Players

If you have a smart phone or PDA, you may not need an MP3 Player.  These devices are often already equipped to play music and video.  Check the software to see if there is a music feature.  If the device has internet access, you may be able to download your favorite songs directly to the device with little trouble.